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Recreating the Scent of the Afterlife From Egyptian Mummification Balm

Researchers led by Dr. Barbara Huber have recreated the ancient scent used in the mummification of an Egyptian noblewoman over 3,500 years ago. Dubbed “the scent of eternity,” it will be presented at Denmark's Moesgaard Museum. Advanced analytical techniques were employed to reconstruct the mummification substances.

The findings, published in Scientific Reports, reveal a new understanding of trade connections and suggest access to Southeast Asian resin earlier than previously thought. The recreated scent aims to provide an immersive historical experience and make mummification research accessible to a wider audience, including the visually impaired.